On the heels of yesterday's talk of inspiration and writing exercises, comes another thought: getting started.
I don't know how many times I have sat at the computer, looking at the word processor and not lifting a finger to type. I've set aside this time specifically to write and have been itching to do so all day, yet now that my butt is parked in front of the keyboard, I can't seem to get started. I think about the story in question, where it has been, where it is going, things I'd like to see appear and lots of other facets, but I cannot seem to actually start typing. I'll surf the net, checking out various sites. I'll post comments at blogs or forums. I'll read reviews for books, films and games. I'll research various things that popped into my head over the course of the day. In short, I will do anything and everything except write. It's not that I have writer's block, but more a case of not being able to get started. I know what I want to write. I just can't get going!
I've found that 9 times out of 10, once I do get started, the words start flowing like a herd of diarrhetic camels (OK, maybe that was a bad analogy) and I must often force myself to stop before my writing gets too crappy. For some reason, that first word is the hardest to get out.